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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 13th December, 2012)

Gathurst Bridge

Gathurst Bridge
Gathurst Bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D700 with Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 AF-S G )
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Comment by: Mick on 13th December 2012 at 00:13

I go along here two are three times a week and Ive never seen that boat move yet.

Comment by: Alan (on Van Isle) on 13th December 2012 at 00:28

Lovely picture. I remember spending many hours boating on the canal at Gathurst many years ago. Happy days. I have to put up with sailing on the Pacific Ocean now. Ah well !

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 13th December 2012 at 00:52

Thankyou Dave, used to go over this magnificent bridge every day to school at St Peters at Orrell Post. These wonderful trips down memory lane are the best ever Christmas presents from you all and yes Dave I'm going to pinch it lol!!! Cheers!!

Comment by: Janice on 13th December 2012 at 01:20

Classy shot as always Dave. Water levels look quite high - but that is hardly surprising.

Comment by: A Parr Adelaide on 13th December 2012 at 07:29

Great pic; Dave'remember it well Also the Navigation Hotel run by the Jeffery's,Good spot

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 13th December 2012 at 08:26

I am under the impression the hotel just up from the bridge A Parr was the Bird I'th Hand I could be wrong, may be there is another pub a bit further up the road. No doubt someone will put me right, cheers!!!

Comment by: Mick on 13th December 2012 at 08:36

Its nice to see that Wigan council didnt decide to knock this bridge down in the 60s and put up a more level and wider concrete bridge like Lancashire council did down the road in Appley Bridge.

Comment by: Peters my on 13th December 2012 at 09:03

The pub on the right of the bridge was the navigation inn,owned my uncle bill Jeffrey and his wife lily.the pub up gathurst hill was the bird i'th hand.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 13th December 2012 at 10:07

Lizzie, the pub closest to Gathurst bridge was The Navigation, now closed and has been turned into an Indian restaurant, the Bird I'th was further along at the end of the row of cottages next door to John Rigby School. That too is now closed.

Comment by: a banks on 13th December 2012 at 10:19

nice one dave

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 13th December 2012 at 11:01

Navigation ~ now an Indian restaurant. Station Pub ~ ? Wayfarer/Kingfisher/ Bird ith Hand ~ now a private residence, Vale Royal ~ open, Old Engine ~ small housing estate, Orrell Legion ~ flats, The Stag ~ open

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh on 13th December 2012 at 11:58

Dave, a really nice photograph , it looks like a painting , very Constable like.

Comment by: Harry C. on 13th December 2012 at 13:02

Yes, as I commented on Sunday my kind of photo. H.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 13th December 2012 at 14:44

Yes Tom, very Constable-like. I find it interesting that people (at times) describe photos as Constable-like, Turneresque etc. I remember it is/was common to describe paintings as "just like a photo!" Perhaps we are becoming more "artistic". I would love to see a Lowry-like photo of Wigan.

Comment by: Jeff Haydock on 13th December 2012 at 15:09

Well done. Nice to see the subtle use of HDR in the shot, it's rendered the clouds and the boat perticularly well.

Comment by: helen trickett on 13th December 2012 at 17:26

my brother john trickett lived on a narrow boat moored at bedford basin his wife hazel still is there. many happy times sailing along with him, a beautiful way of life

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 13th December 2012 at 17:45

Thankyou Pat, the Bird I'th Hand was run at one time by friends of my parents, Jim and Peggy Worswick, think that is how you spell it. When I got detention at John Rigby and missed the bus to return home I used to walk down to the Bird I'th Hand and Jim would ring my Dad to come and get me. Dad was not amused as it was quite a trek from Pepper Lane. Those were the days eh Pat, cheers!!

Comment by: Helen on 13th December 2012 at 19:39

We were by this bridge back in October...saw the narrow boat in the picture through the arch of the bridge. We were on a nostalgic trip & cousin's reunion in the area. I took a pic in connection with the bridge that I think is interesting but don't know if I would be allowed to put it through for Photo of the Day...can anyone tell me if it would be ok ?

Comment by: Mick on 13th December 2012 at 21:44

Lizzie I think there was a Worswick in the Stag at that time.

I think they might have had something to do with a car garage as well.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 13th December 2012 at 21:57

Much prefer the photo you took on 2nd Dec.2011 (ShutterNutters), Dave, when the water was still, thus making reflections.

Comment by: Janice on 13th December 2012 at 22:16

I was not sure if HDR had been used or not - if it has, it has been done very subtly and sympathetically. It is an excellent shot.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 13th December 2012 at 22:22

I don't know Mick, all I remember was that Jim looked a bit like Arthur Askey fairly short and his wife Peggy was a buxom Blonde, always well dressed and lovely makeup. They had a bowling green out the back, while I waited for my Dad I would have a lemonade and sit out the back by the bowling green. I must have been about 12. Cheers!!

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 13th December 2012 at 22:27

Ernest I prefer this one of the two but I agree the reflections in the one on the 2nd are amazing. Probably as you can read this pic is close to my past, cheers!!!

Comment by: ann21 on 14th December 2012 at 00:34

mick They might live there. A friend of mine sold their bungalow and bought a boat to live on.

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